EDUCATION OF THE HANDICAPPED ACT—SPECIAL STUDIES
1. PROGRAM PROFILE
Legislation: Education of the Handicapped Act, Part B, Section 618, P.L.
91-230, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1418). (Expires September 30, 1986)
Funding Since 1980:
Fiscal Year Authorization Appropriation
1980 Indefinite $1,000,000
1981 " 1,000,000
1982 $2,300,000 480,000
1983 2,300,000 480,000
1984 3,100,000 3,070,000V
Purpose: The purpose of the Special Studies activity is twofold:
1. To assess progress in the implementation of the Education of the Handi-
capped Act (EHA), to assess the impact of the Act, and to assess the
effectiveness of State and local efforts to provide free appropriate
public education to all handicapped children and youth; and
2. To provide the Congress with information for policy making and to pro-
vide Federal, State, and local educational agencies with information
relevant to program management, administration, and effectiveness.
Method of Operation; The Department awards contracts, grants and coopera-
tive agreements late in each fiscal year and most supported activities
occur in the subsequent year.
II. RESPONSE TO 6EPA 417(a)
A. Goals and Objectives
Priorities for FY 84 were:
o To initiate studies mandated by the Education of the Handicapped Act
Amendments of 1983, P.L. 98-199.
o To initiate cooperative agreements with State education agencies to
assess the impact and effectiveness of programs assisted under the EHA.
B. Progress and Accomplishments
o Three new studies responding to the mandate will examine per pupil
expenditures for special education and related services; begin a
longitudinal study of the occupational, educational, and independent
living status of a sample of handicapped children and youth; and
describe State and local expenditures on special education.mercial and national distribution